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Who Has the Betting Edge in Tennessee-Kentucky?

Saturday’s slate of college hoops action is loaded with juicy matchups, and the Kentucky-Tennessee clash has the makings to be one of the best on the odds board.

Xbet opened the Volunteers as 3.5-point home favorites with a total of 148.

SHARK BITES
  • The UNDER is 11-3-2 in the last 16 meetings between the Volunteers and Wildcats.
  • The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings with the Volunteers in Tennessee.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the Wildcats' last six road games.

Kentucky has trailed at halftime in each of its opening two SEC tilts, including a five-point deficit to LSU on Wednesday, before rallying to a 74-71 triumph thanks to freshman forward PJ Washington. Washington scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to lift the Wildcats to victory.

Tennessee sophomore Lamonte Turner was the major bright spot in the team’s last outing - a 94-84 home loss to Auburn - thanks to a career-high 25 points. Turner went 13-of-13 from the foul line and leads the team with 15.6 per game. Prior to the Volunteers’ two-game losing streak, Jordan Bowden made 26-of-42 from 3-point range but hasn’t attempted a three in the last two games.

When the Wildcats hit the road, the UNDER is trending. In Kentucky’s last six road games, the UNDER is 5-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Kentucky Wildcats were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

Kentucky Wildcats vs Tennessee Volunteers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tennessee Volunteers bring a 9-4 record (6-5 ATS) to this tilt against the 12-2 Wildcats, who are 7-7 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Tennessee go 6-5 so far and the Kentucky Wildcats go 7-7.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 80 (Tennessee) and the No. 37 (Kentucky) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Tennessee's No. 81-rated squad against Kentucky's No. 35-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Tennessee rates No. 80 in the country with 8.54 per game, while their foes tonight, the Kentucky Wildcats rank No. 252 nationally with 5.29 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kentucky got 18 points from PJ Washington en route to a 74-71 victory over LSU on Wednesday at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Lamonte Turner scored 25 points in a futile effort to lead the Volunteers to a win (they lost 94-84 to Auburn at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday).

Betting Trends
  • Kentucky is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Kentucky is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kentucky's last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Kentucky's last 25 games
  • Tennessee is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Tennessee is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tennessee's last 6 games
  • Tennessee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kentucky home to Texas A&M, Tuesday, January 9th
Tennessee at Vanderbilt, Tuesday, January 9th

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